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Mconomy wins lawsuite against Ascendeo regarding Muvit brand

Netherlands: mobility specialist Mconomy has won its lawsuit against its French counterpart Ascendeo regarding Muvit. This means that Mconomy retains the exclusive rights to sell the brand muvit in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Just over two years ago, this exclusive right was terminated one-sided by Ascendeo. Wrongly according to the court: "we are pleased that it has been determined that this was illegal and that this has now been restored by a court ruling. The rights of the muvit brand remain where they belong", said Edgar Hofstee, CEO of Mconomy. The impact was significant for Mconomy, which is one of the founders and owners of the brand muvit. The brand had an important role in Mconomy's portfolio and violating distribution rights had a major impact. Mconomy is considering next steps and is consulting legal advisors on this topic.

Axoft, Marvel, MONT Distribution and RRC sign more partners

Russia: software specialist Axoft has been appointed by PostgreSQL database editor as its official distributor in the country. Broadliner Marvel Distributsia has inked a deal with Hideez Group, to distribute its Bluetooth authentication devices in the country1. CAD editor Bentley Systems has chosen software specialist MONT Distribution as its official local distributor2. Finally, multispecialist RRC has added R&M cabling systems to its portfolio3 (source: CRN Rossiya 1, 2 and 3).

News from Koch Media, Michael Telecom and Tech Data

Germany: gaming specialist Koch Media has partnered with THQ Nordic to distribute its latest titles in the country. Telecom and telephony specialist Michael Telecom has hired Andreas Schulz as business development manager, in charge of its new Digital Signage BU. Finally, broadliner Tech Data has expanded its catalog with D-Link and TP-Link smart home solutions (source: CRN Deutschland, Telecom Handel Deutschland and IT Reseller Schweiz).

Tech Data announces management team for Azlan and Technology Solutions in Spain and Portugal

Iberia: broadliner Tech Data has introduced its combined management team in Iberia, following the successful completion of the acquisition of Avnet Technology Solutions. Santiago Méndez will lead the combined Azlan and Technology Solutions organization in Iberia, reporting to Oriol Cornudella, regional managing director, Tech Data Iberia, who is supported by Pauli Amat, country manager Tech Data Spain and Augusto Soveral, country manager Tech Data Portugal. Méndez will be supported in the Azlan and Technology Solutions organization by Ladislau Lopes, director, Azlan Portugal. Méndez says: "the acquisition of the Technology Solutions business and its integration with Azlan has created in Spain and Portugal a premier global IT distributor with unmatched capabilities and the most diverse end-to-end solutions from the data center to the living room. Azlan and Technology Solutions will operate a 'best of both worlds' model that combines the existing vendor-oriented structure of the Azlan business with the specialist business units of Technology Solutions. This will deliver a combination of unique capabilities that allows us to accelerate our progress in these markets for the benefit of our customers."

Intact in partnership with F-Secure

South Africa: software specialist Intact Software Distribution has been named official Southern African distributor of the F-Secure range of security software solutions. Michael Dahl, region head of F-Secure, says the company is looking to grow its footprint across the continent and a distribution partner will offer local clients a range of both its home and business security products. "With research showing an increasing number of sophisticated and targeted attacks against businesses, the need for a holistic approach to cyber security is at an all-time high. Cyber security comes down to predicting and preventing breaches, detecting any incidents that occur, and then responding intelligently and quickly to lessen their impact. This takes a combination of human expertise and software scalability, which we are able to offer. We are happy to join forces with a company that provides expertise in implementing cyber security solutions tailor-made to defend customers from the latest threats."

Lutz Blaeser, MD of Intact, says the company is proud to be the first official distributor: "the company is proud to be appointed an official distributor for Southern Africa and looking forward to a strong partnership." Jukka Puputti, Regional Director at F-Secure, says: "the products have historically been managed in the region by ISA who is committed to continue as an F-Secure official Distributor. I'm happy with the long term partnership with ISA over these many years and thrilled to have a new partnership with Intact for boosting our operations in the Southern African region." Simon Campbell-Young, CEO of Intact, adds the deal is in line with the company's strategy of providing a complete range of security software solutions to the local market: "F-Secure employs a 'live security' approach that combines advanced technology and the latest lessons and insights its team of cyber security specialists bring back from real-world situations. This means its products continually and consistently improve users' ability in the four dimensions that are vital to IT security: predict, prevent, detect and respond." (source: IT Web South Africa)